A Hard Day Reviews

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June 21, 2019
There's a constant feeling of "this plan really shouldn't work" that's reenforced by the sheer number of times someone almost stumbles onto Geon-soo's ridiculous plot.
June 4, 2019
It has flashes of black humor that make the prolonged extreme violence, Ko's total lack of remorse and the film's deep cynicism about Korean police corruption seem like a lot of fun.
March 8, 2019
Kim Seong-hun directs a film that constantly lingers between dark comedy and thriller, succeeding in the portrayal of both, creating a highly entertaining picture, where the spectator laughs while having a constant sense of agony for the protagonist
August 23, 2018
When the film works, it's great; when it doesn't work, it's a bit corny.
November 21, 2017
For a film that strives to be hard as nails, A Hard Day is more like cotton candy, crackling on the tongue and evaporating instantly.
February 12, 2016
Call it a modern Korean cop noir with a wicked sense of humor and an absurdly busy catalog of disasters.
September 16, 2015
[A] ceaselessly entertaining action comedy from Korean writer-director Kim Seong-hun.
August 9, 2015
If A Hard Day sounds like a Korean mash-up of After Hours and I Know What You Did Last Summer, well, that's not too far off in regard to the setup.
July 31, 2015
Surprise and tension make this Korean police mystery a fun ride
July 30, 2015
The premise isn't quite substantial enough to sustain a near-two hour film, and it falters with a couple of plot twists too many, a thinly-drawn villain and an unnecessarily drawn-out climactic showdown.
July 26, 2015
Lee's overacting ratchets up with each new discovery until he's practically The Scream personified.
July 24, 2015
There's plenty of healthy pulp here for fans to chew on.
July 23, 2015
Director Kim turns the screw relentlessly, working old-school devices like ringing phones to excellent effect while tossing in some inspired fight and chase scenes.
July 23, 2015
It's hard to feel sympathy for such a miserable miscreant. Impossible, in fact.
July 23, 2015
Unfortunate events collide, ricochet and twist with hair-raising precision. getting maximum tension and laughs out of every ludicrous scenario.
July 23, 2015
You'll be glad that "A Hard Day" isn't happening to you, but you won't regret observing it all from a safe distance.
July 19, 2015
When was the last time you saw a modern thriller with so much narrative and visual wit that you were simultaneously laughing and crying out in fear - the kind the Coen brothers often make and Spielberg when he's in a Hitchcockian mood?
July 17, 2015
At its best, "A Hard Day" has a breakneck pace that allows one to easily dismiss the more ridiculous, downright nonsensical aspects of its plot. Only occasionally will the eyes roll. For the most part, it works.
July 17, 2015
A kinetically visceral, enjoyable nasty joy ride, "A Hard Day" is pretty much as advertised.
July 16, 2015
The script is tighter than the direction, but this Korean cop facing a sea of troubles thriller is ripe for a Hollywood remake.
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